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the fruited plains america america god shed his grace on thee ♪ ♪ and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪ ♪ from sea to shining sea ♪ >> so appropriate to have the prayer from father coughlan, roman catholic faith was central to the life of senator kennedy, even when he strayed or sometimes crashed off the straight and narrow life, he always came back to the church. that's his son, patrick, you see in the foreground, standing at the hearse, the body of his father. >> thank you very much for attending. eternal rest granted unto him, oh, lord, and let perpetual life shine upon him. may he rest in peace. may his soul and outlet souls of the faithfully departed to the mercy of god rest in peace. ame amen. >> senator bobby byrd talking with lawrence schribe in the background. there was no detailed program for this part of the motorcade. so, we'll ask you to bear with us. we don't know quite what to expect next. i think that might have been the conclusion of what they wanted to do here, give an opportunity to the senate staffers to come out. pat leahy, senate of the judicial committee i
organizing for america has mobilized, tapping an e-mail list in the millions to encourage supporters to drop by lal congressional offices. >> hi. this is my first year in t doughnut hole and it's quite a frightening think to go through. >> reporter: with numerous recent support showing support for health care reform eroding and the president's approval numbers with it, today in mexico, mr. obama dismissed admissions it is taking a political toll. >> understand, though, i'm not acting based on short-term political calculations. i'm looking at what's best for the country long term. if i had been making short-term political calculations, i wouldn't be standing here as president because nobody calculated that i could win the presidency. >> reporter: well, the president tomorrow could experience this new town hall dynamic firsthand. he'll travel to new hampshire to talk health care. brian? >> savannah guthrie in guadalajara, mexico, to start us off tonight. savannah, thanks. >>> this was a deadly day in iraq. the kind of day iraqis had hoped was behind them. a series of bombings left as many as 5
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america's first family. the obamas haven't exactly been loading up the station wagon, but for sasha and malia, it's been an opportunity to see the beauty of this country, nevertheless. our report now from nbc's norah o'donnell. >> all right. she'll have a cup or a cone? >> cup. >> cone. >> reporter: president obama ordered up a scoop of fun for his daughters this summer. >> you don't have to make it that big. she's not going to be able to eat all of that. >> reporter: the ice cream store was one of the sweet stops on the obama girls' vacation. >> they had a blast. they always have a blast. >> reporter: this weekend it was all about the great outdoors and america's west. >> here in montana, you've got bears and moose and elk. in washington you just have mostly bull. >> reporter: for 11-year-old malia and 8-year-old sasha, it meant some thrilling whitewater rafting. the first family then toured yellowstone national park and old faithful. >> look at that. that's a geyser there. >> reporter: but perhaps the most breathtaking moment was standing on the rim of the grand canyon at hoping p
the legendary kennedy compound, hyannisport, massachusetts, members of the -- members of america's most prominent political faly gathered. late today we learned that funeral services will be held on friday for a woman who in her time changed the lives of so many americans. for all the riches she was born into, the wealth and good looks and glamour of the family constantly referred to as "america's political royalty," eunice kennedy shriver endured a life of great pain and loss and tragedy and in turn found a way to make life better for millions of americans. >> go see mrs. shriver. >> she was the fifth of nine children born to joseph and rose kennedy of brookeline, massachusetts, her brother joe was killed in world war ii, her sister kathleen was killed in a plane crash, her older brother jack, 35th president of the united states, was killed by an assassin, so was her brother bobby. but in a way it was eunice's sister rosemary who influenced her life to such a great extent. for years rosemary was a kinof kennedy family secret. at age 23 she was given an experimental lobotomy to control
, in children who know education's promise, and in allho can pursue their dream in an america that is more equal and more just. including myself. >> reaction to the late night news from here spilled out from east to west across this country. it was visible today on flagpoles, lowered to half staff, the condolence book at the nearby kennedy library, and now the process of remembering begins. it's likely no two americans are goin to remember ted kennedy quite the same way. tonight we begin here by remembering a colossal american life. from the looks of things it was a wonderful life. he was the son of the american ambassador to great britain, the youngest of nine. he was the toast of the town in london at the age of 6. >> today the official opening performed by 6-year-old teddy kennedy. >> he was a lucky young man then his luck began to change. his cldhood hero was his dashg older brother joe killed in a pne crash in world war ii. his older sister, kathleen, also died in a plane crash soon after the war. his brother ja, the 35th present of the united states, killed by an assassin. so was his broth
there clearly are ople in america who believe in establishing knute nay sha. >> reporter: the controversy is over a provision that would allow medicare to offer voluntary end of life counseling to seniors. critics like former alaska governor sarah palin think it's a slippery slope. on facebook show wrote, the america i know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with down's syndrome will have to stand in front of obama's death panel so his bureaucrats can decide whether they are worthy of health care. such a system is downright evil. at town halls recently, the presidenhas had to calm worried seniors. >> older american citizens would just be put out to pasture. please tell me that isn't so. >> it isn't so. >> reporter: and in his weekly address, the president tried to put the issue to rest. >> and let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia or cut medicate or bring about a government takeover of health care. that's simply not true. >> reporter: well, a senior administration official tells nbc news that the president told of palin's comm
. and if america is going to continue to be a forward-looking, exploring, pioneering nation or not. >> we set goals and then don't provide the funding to achieve them. this is not a case study of excellence in national leadership. >> reporter: with the shuttle "discovery" sitting on the pad for tuesday's launch, nasa's few schur has never been less certain. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this friday evening, health care reform and undocumented immigrants in the country. what's the truth about who will pay. later making a difference, an effort to keep military families connected across all those miles. ecoboost™ engine in the all-new ford taurus sho that has the thirst of a v6 with the thrust of a v8. we speak car. we speak innovation. introducing the all-new taurus sho from ford. drive one. (announcer) what are you going to miss when you have an allergy attack? achoo! (announcer) benadryl is more effective than claritin at relieving your worst mptoms. and works when you need it most. benadryl. you can't pause life. when sixty percent off is at stake, so t
-- >> sonia sotomayor becomes america's newest supre court justice, first on many fronts. >>> end of the road. tonight, after you get the cash, where old clunkers go to die. >>> and abbey road, why fans are once again pouring into one of >>> and abbey road, why fans are once again pouring into one of the most famous streets. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. we begin with a horrible air disaster here in new york city today. a sightseeing helicopter carrying a group of italian tourists collided in midair with a small single engine private plane. tonight, a total of nine people are feared dead. it hand in clear skies above the hudson river. stunned onlookers on both sides of river watched as the aircraft fell to the water and hurled debris onto the new jersey water front. we have two reports on the collision and the many safety questions it is sure to prompt. let's start with nbc's jeff rossin here in manhattan with the latest. jeff? >> lester, good evening to you. here's what we know at this hour and the story is still developing into the evening. the helicopter t
the country. >>> the lesson plan for america's schools during swine flu season. what to expect this fall. >>> and making a difference in the great outdoors. >>> also tonight, a troubling development in the death of a famous tv pitchman. development in the death of a famous tv pitchman. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. because we are in a recession, good economic news is hard to come by these days. but as one economist put it today's numbers show we are going from massive job losses to just big job losses. the unemployment rate is 9.4% from 9.5%. 247,000 jobs were lost in july. but the good news is that is about half of the job loss from the month before. add the fact that stocks hit a new peak for the year today and the white house among others visibly breathing a bit easier. cnbcs erin burnett at the new york stock exchange to start us off. good evening. >>> good evening, brian. this jobs' number was really a test for both wall street and for main street. consumer confidence has been ticking up a little bit as of late. and stocks
countries view us, because this is going to be used by america's enemies against us no matter what the obama administration does. >> all right, andrea mitchell and pete williams in our washington newsroom to start us off tonight, as we continue to go through these new documents. >>> we turn now to a major health news story. a u.s. government prediction today about how bad the swine flu outbreak might still become. they say a big percentage of the u.s. population is at risk and in some cases, the disease is expected to pose a fatal threat. we get details now from our chief science correspondent robert bazell, who is tonight at the centers for disease control in atlanta. >> reporter: a committee of scientists that advises the president said that while the swine flu pandemic is impossible to predict, a plausible scenario with the infection of 30% to 50% of the u.s. population, as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions and 30,000 to 90,000 deaths concentrated among children and young adults. speaking today at the centers for disease control, aging age secretary sebelius said she's concerned abo
at last. the two journalists briefly savoring their return to america this morning, before being mobbed by their families. a poignant moment as euna lee's husband and 4-year-old daughter hannah held on to one another for dear life. and a big hand for the former president who secured the release of the two women after five months in captivity. >> we feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard labor camp. when we walked through the doors we saw standing before us president bill clinton. we were shocked but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. >> reporter: throughout the journalists' 140-day ordeal, the families of laura ling and euna lee held vigils and tried to raise public awareness about the plight of the two women. >> we could feel your love all the way in north korea. it is what kept us going in the darkest of hours. it is what sustained our faith that we would come home. >> i can't even describe what my whole body went through when i saw her. it was just really powerful and emotional. >> reporter: the two women worked
my dollars, similar level what i just had in corporate america, bought me about half the coverage if that. >> reporter: that is why so many small business owners just can't get insurance even for themselves. like tess deluna who owns a boutique across the street. >> it is something you try not to think about after a while. until you, until something happens. then you have to go to the doctor. >> reporter: about half employed americans own or work for a small business. and because of that they are far less likely to have health insurance. 95% of americans who work for large companies get health insurance at work. but only 42% of people who work for small businesses like these get health insurance. that is why so much of the health reform discussions, in townhalls and in congress, have been about new options for small business owners and their workers. private health insurers exchanges and/or a new public plan. the benefits are obvious even for young people. ali masterson who works at cupcake royale was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. >> my first reaction was -- maybe i shoul
labored on behalf of america's least powerful people. >> when president reagan awarded her the medal of freedom, a quarter century ago, the highest civilian honor in the nation it was for a lot more than special olympics, it was for the federal center she founded in the 60s that now bears her name as part of nih, and another center at the university of utah, and a life's work on mental retardation. while a lifelong liberal, democart, she was a lifelong opponent of abortion. she said based on her strong catholic faith. >> thank you very much. thank you. she was married to sargent shriver for 56 years. he ran the peace corps, was ambassador to france, and ran for vice president under george mcgovern. while months ago, he slipped into the twi liflight of alzhei disease, sargent shriver survives her. eunice kennedy shriver was the mother of five including a long time member of the nbc family, the current first lady of california, maria shriver. >> ever since i was little she worked, she was successful in a man's world, she never took no for an answer. she never asked my brothers or mysel
need to be heard and have a right to be heard sha, that the not really representative of america. >> not surprisingly utah republican orrin hatch disagrees. >> i disagree with arlen they're not representative of the american public. they are. i have found people up in arms everywhere i have gone on health care. >> reporter: lester, a quick update on the president's schedule. he's spending his last even evening in arizona golfing. tomorrow it's a speech to the convention of the veterans of foreign wars. >> and, chuck, i'm curious what may be behind this decision to forgo, if necessary, the public option. is it victory at any cost? >> reporter: the white house has been hinting at this for weeks if not months. when kent conrad, as we heard in this piece, talked about the public option, when we came out with that co-op idea, i could tell you insiders at the white house said, boy, this is going to gain a lot of traction, and that's conservative democrats, this is not about getting a bipartisan bill out of the senate. this is about getting folks like ben nelson, joe lieberman, blanch b
to keep america secure. >> reporter: who is right? the new documents reveal 30 of the detainees a third of those held in the cia secret prisons were subjected to the questionable practices. cheney says the tactics saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. his proof -- in part, this memo, describing how 9/11 mastermind, khalid mohammed was waterboarded, admitted to a series of plots. late in 2001 to crash a hijacked airliner into the tallest building on the u.s. west coast. another in early 2002 to send the al qaeda, padilla, operative to set off bombs in an unspecified major u.s. city. and never before disclosed plan in 2003 to employ a network of pakistanis to target gas stations, railroad tracks and the brooklyn bridge in new york. but administration officials say there is no way to know whether the same information could have been obtained from him without waterboarding or whether he would have given it up sooner had he been handled differently. in fact, khalid mohammed told the international red cross in 2006 he lied to fool his questioners. >> he made stuff up and took pleasure
about america's young people, you need to see our next story. it is about teenagers, sowing the seeds of hope for people in need. and nbc's kerry sanders reports from palm beach, florida, they are making a difference. >> reporter: this is a garden of lemon grass, rosemary, hot peppers and basil. seeds planted this summer by a group of unlikely teenage farmers sprouted something more than vegetables and herbs. there is a bumper crop of confidence. >> it's fun and now i seeing anything is possible. >> reporter: did you think you would be successful? >> not at all. especially not at 15 years old. >> reporter: on a small plot of land in a neighborhood where 86% of the residents live at or below the poverty line. ♪ >> reporter: some of the older kids at the boys & girls club in palm beach county wanted to earn money. >> we sent out a parent survey. most parents said they struggle to get food on their table. >> radish? >> yes. i'll take the mangos. >> we decided to build our business, healthy nutritious food at low cost. >> reporter: boy did it take off. >> here is a cabbage. >> this is t
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